Smart Luxury: Design Development of Primary Spaces
Last week we introduced you to the next stage of IMI’s trademark Smart LuxuryTM Program: Design Development. This week we will begin the process of breaking that stage down into its smaller components in order to make sure everyone understands what to expect each step of the way during a design project.
The first major deliverable by the team during this stage is a design for the primary spaces of the home and that is what we are focusing on today. Primary spaces are considered those spaces in the residence that set the tone for the rest of the project. Generally speaking, they are the high visibility and high functionality areas such as the living room/great room/family room areas as well as the kitchen and dining room, a powder room that is generally used by guests and even the master suite area due to its primary impact on the overall design of the home. There are a couple of reasons any project begins with these areas prior to jumping right into the entire home.
In a pre-construction project, getting these primary spaces dialed in prior to any secondary areas (which we will discuss next week) ensures the priority of the spaces that will be used the most. It also allows the design team to develop the design in a manner that will create a great deal of aesthetic and functional impact. The first space into which guests walk when they enter the home gives the “wow factor” that will set the stage for the design. Creating appropriate traffic flow in the great room or other major entertaining areas secures a design that is appropriate for when the family is using the space themselves or when it is packed with guests during a party. Moving into the kitchen, it is imperative to create and clean and uncluttered space while providing the client with easy storage and access to all the necessary kitchen gadgets. For these types of reasons, primary spaces set the tone for the design.
During a remodel project, the primary spaces are also important. We have previously discussed implementing remodel projects in phases. Primary spaces versus secondary spaces creates a natural dividing line between those phases. By focusing available budgets into the high impact areas of the home first the remodel can be realized more slowly while still making a major difference.
The meeting to review the Design Development of these primary spaces is generally 3 to 4 weeks after the approval of the Concept and traditionally lasts around 2 to 3 hours. During that time the client will be presented with detailed plans for the areas being discussed as well as relevant elevations of accent walls or architectural features such as fireplaces. If the client has requested, a 3D model can also be provided to walk them through the home on a virtual tour. These 3D models have been found to be a great help to clients who have a bit more difficult visualizing how the materials and major accents will interact and come into fruition. During this meeting any adjustments to the designs or questions the client has will be addressed and the preparation of the next Design Development meeting will begin. The next meeting will recap any adjustments requested during this first meeting and then focus on secondary spaces in the home. We’ll discuss that next week.